South Western Sydney Clinical School

Things You Should Know


  • Most injuries at the university are due to back-pain. You must set-up your computer workstation correctly
  • The list of trained first aiders and fire wardens for South Western Sydney Clinical School can be found in this website
  • If you have an accident you must report it using MyUNSW
  • Know the risks relevant to your work, this will be found in the risk assessment or safe work procedure
  • Electrical equipment must not be used unless it is tested and tagged, or has a new-to-service tag.
  • Electric-bar heaters are prohibited
  • Regular H&S news updates are shown on the H&S home page:


If you work in a lab

  • You must know all the risks in the lab: Check the safety notice on the door and local risk assessments and safe work procedures (SWPs)
  • All work with genetically modified micro-/organisms requires approval from the university’s Institute Biological Safety Committee (IBC)
  • Work with radiation requires a licence and approval from the university’s Radiation Safety Committee
  • Import of certain biological agents require an AQIS license
  • Work with Schedule 8 drugs of addition requires written approval from the Head of School
  • Work with Schedule 10 carcinogens require written approval from WorkCover
  • Work with Schedule 14 hazardous chemicals require health monitoring
  • Visitors/contractors are not allowed into a lab without supervision and/or induction and/or training.
  • When you purchase equipment or hazardous goods you must complete a pre/post purchasing checklist
  • Know how to dispose of hazardous waste
  • Know  how to transport hazardous substances around the building
  • Know  where the chemical register is
  • Know  where the biohazard register is
  • Know  where the radiation register is
  • Know  where Safety Data Sheets are stored for the chemicals that are in your lab
  • Know  what to do if there is a spill or release of hazardous substance
  • Be familiar with the spills kit
  • Know  the location and how to operate the emergency shower and eye wash
  • Know  how to operate the biological safety cabinet and fume cupboard
  • Biological Safety Cabinets (BSC) and fume cupboards must not be used if the test date has expired
  • Know what personal protective equipment (PPE) is required and where it is stored

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